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Changing pub model will 'enhance' variety on Isle of Man

Okells Inn appoints new tenant for Colby Glen

Changing how a pub in the south of the Island operates will ‘enhance’ the variety of establishments on the Island.

That’s according to Okells Inns which says it’s part of a ‘strategic vision’ and will help sustain a ‘strong hospitality sector’.

The tenancy of the Colby Glen has been taken over by Shri Naik from Kurries and Steaks.

Former managers Natalie and Adrian Hugo are being moved to The George Hotel in Castletown.

Managing Director Steven Taylor said: "We are mindful that the transition of another managed pub to tenancy will generate discussion throughout the Island.

“However a vibrant tenancy estate combined with a quality managed pub portfolio only enhances the variety of pubs available to the Isle of Man.

“This strategic approach has been at the forefront of my vision since joining Okells Inns as MD last year and I sincerely hope that the residents of our island will rally behind these entrepreneurs at the Colby Glen, the Central in Ramsey and any future operators, to sustain a strong hospitality sector for our Island."

Former proprietors Natalie and Adrian Hugo took to social media to express ‘gratitude’ to their customers adding: “You welcomed us with open arms, supported us 100 percent and made us feel like family.”

It’s not yet known when the kitchen at The Colby Glen will re-open.

In a Facebook post Kurries and Steaks add the company is ‘delighted’ to have the opportunity to embark on a ‘new adventure’ down south.

Adding that they will continue with a traditional pub menu and Sunday carvery service it adds: “Slowly, slowly will be our initial approach - everything will continue as usual for the time being.

“However to satisfy the need for good, authentic, and imaginative Indian food in the south of the Island we obviously do have plans to introduce this as well in the very near future.”

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